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Arvind Kejriwal attacks Election Commission, says poll panel is failing to curb corruption

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Arvind Kejriwal attacks Election Commission, says poll panel is failing to curb corruption

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday attacked Election Commission saying the poll regulator has failed to curb the distribution of money in the election to seek votes.

The AAP chief cited a tweet by party colleague Ashutosh who claimed his volunteers saw a car distributing money among people.

The war of words between Arvind Kejriwal and EC intensified after the latter censured AAP chief for his statement saying'Take money from others but vote for us' during a poll speech in Goa.

The EC had also asked Kejriwal to file his reply over his 'bribe' statement.

The poll regulator also warned Kejriwal adding that further violation may lead to derecognition of the party.

The AAP chief has termed as "illegal, unconstitutional and wrong" the EC order censuring and warning him. "I would be challenging the Election Commission's order," PTI quoted him as saying.

In his reply to the poll panel, Kejriwal had not denied making the remarks and had maintained that he had neither offered any bribe to any elector nor enticed the voters to accept any pecuniary benefit from any person.

He had said there was nothing in his statement which could be construed to mean abetment to offence of bribery or violating any provision of MCC.

But the Commission rejected his stand and recalled a similar warning issued to him during the 2015 Delhi Assembly polls for making similar statements.

The panel recalled that in his reply, the AAP leader had made "unqualified promise" not to make such appeals during the period the model code was in force.


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